you can get a coverter to change DVI to AVG or HDMI.
Cheaper option than KVM switch
So I could plug this device to the monitor.
Plug desktop PC as DVI to DVI.
Plug laptop as HDMI or MiniDisplay to DVI adapter connected to this box.
Its a bit pricy but, would this work?
Maybe I should ask, will the VGA signal be less crisp than the DVI?
Im sending a laptop thats 1920x1080 to a monitor thats 1680 x 1050.
Just using its VGA port would be more simple but if the signal will be less crips, then maybe its worth the expense of getting a monitor switch where I can connect 2 DVI computers even if one includes an HDMI to DVI adapter in its routed signal...
I think I have found another way to approach this.
I noticed from my research that there are a ton of HDMI splitters out there and they are way less expensive than KVM switches or DVI splitters (which are hard to find and very expensive).
So rather than approach this in terms of VGA or DVI, I'm now considering getting a self-powered HDMI splitter box (cause I dont want to have to plug in another AC power cord). The laptop will connect to it directly in HDMI format. And the desktop PC will connect to it thru a DVI-to-HDMI adapter. The splitter will then send these signals thru a short HDMI cable that I will combine to a HDMI-to-DVI adapter on the receiving monitor.
Does anyone see any reason why this would not work? Its a couple of things to buy but it's a bit cheaper, doesnt require a power source, and its more future-proof than investing in a DVI splitter.
HDE 3-Port 1080p HDMI Switch Switcher Splitter Hub for HDTV - Supports 3D: Amazon.ca: Electronics
*NOTE: My only concern is that some of these are self-powered (like this one) while others require an external power source. I dont know why....